Barbara R. Mendelson

Barbara R. Mendelson


Morrison & Foerster

Recognized since 2007

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Financial Services Regulation Law
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Barbara Mendelson is a partner in the Financial Services Group in the New York office. Her practice involves advising foreign and U.S. banks in a variety of complex regulatory matters, including sales and acquisitions of U.S. banking and nonbanking firms, Dodd-Frank Act issues, applications to federal and state bank regulators for expansion of activities and new products, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC matters and over-the-counter and exchange-based trading of various instruments and derivatives. She has represented foreign banks in their U.S. operations for more than 25 years. Ms. Mendelson has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial banks and other subsidiaries of foreign banks. In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Ms. Mendelson works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency reserves and other assets.

In 2017, Ms. Mendelson was the winner of the "Best in Financial Regulation" award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She has been named to the shortlist for this same award every year since 2012. Ms. Mendelson was also awarded the "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2019 and 2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City). In addition, she has been recommended by Chambers Global 2018, Chambers USA 2018, Legal 500 US 2018, Best Lawyers in America 2019, and Who's Who Legal: Banking 2018.

Ms. Mendelson is a contributing author of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States (West 2012) and a co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012, updated 2014).

She is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and its Banking Law Committee, and the American Bar Association. She is also a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

Location

  • 250 West 55th Street
    New York, NY 10019-9601

Education

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduated 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New York, New York State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Cyrus Vance Center International Justice, Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Member of the Committee

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Financial Services Regulation Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Financial Services Regulation Law, New York City (2019)
  • Financial Services Regulation Law, New York City (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

Special Focus

  • Banking Operations
  • BSA/AML
  • Derivatives
  • Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Regulatory

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